Liverpool have cemented their place on the top of the table this Christmas with a competent win over Wolves while Manchester City suffered a shock loss to Crystal Palace. Manchester United scored five goals for the first time since Sir Alex was at the helm, and Southampton put back-to-back wins on the board for the first time this season. Here’s this week’s Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week:
GK – Ben Foster (£4.5m): Ben Foster gets the number one spot on the team sheet after a stellar performance in goal for Watford, denying the in-form West Ham United attack and picking up his fourth clean sheet of the Premier League season in the process.
DF – Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m): Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk scored his first EPL goal in Liverpool red as Klopp’s side saw off the threat of Wolves. Van Dijk saw a jump in Fantasy Premier League managerial preference, as he is selected by a whopping 24.5% of managers. He helped Liverpool to their 10th clean sheet of the season in a man of the match performance.
DF – Paul Dummett (£4.4m): Having been in and out of the side this season, Dummett is only selected by 0.2% of Fantasy Premier League managers, but his pivotal defensive display against Fulham earned him a spot in the Team of the Week, earning Newcastle their fifth clean sheet this season when he has featured in the squad.
DF – Tim Ream (£4.2m): Tim Ream hasn’t featured too regularly for Fulham this season but he played a large part in Fulham’s defensive effort, earning a point in the stalemate at Newcastle United.
MF – Heung-Min Son (£8.5m): Son has been in top form recently for Pochettino’s side, and he was the catalyst for Spurs 6-2 thrashing of Everton, scoring two goals and setting up two. That’s five goals and five assists for the season as he jumps up to being selected by 9.1% of Fantasy managers.
MF – Jesse Lingard (£6.8m): Lingard bagged a brace and an assist in Solskjaer’s debut game in charge at Manchester United. That’s Lingard’s third goal in two games and at just £6.8m and selected by only 5.3% of Fantasy managers, offers you a chance at some cheap points, especially if he can continue his run of good form.
MF – David Brooks (£5.0m): The Bournemouth youngster scored the only two goals of the game as Eddie Howe’s side defeated Brighton. Brooks has been a top performer for Bournemouth this season and definitely one to watch in the future. A bargain at just £5.0m.
MF – Nathan Redmond (£5.2m): Nathan Redmond bagged a goal and an assist for Southampton as they defeated Huddersfield Town away from home. It was Redmond’s first goal of the season but he will be hoping to kick on from here under the new leadership of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
MF – Paul Pogba (£7.9m): Pogba’s return to the Manchester United starting eleven saw him set up his teammates on three separate occasions. Pogba was all over the pitch, playing with the freedom which he so often displayed at Juventus. Six assists and three goals for the season for the Frenchman who unsurprisingly looked to be delighted to see the back of Jose Mourinho last week.
FW – Harry Kane (£12.5m): Selected by an astounding 30% of Fantasy Premier League managers, Harry Kane showed why against Everton as he netted twice and bagged an assist in Spurs’ mauling of Everton. That’s 11 goals and five assists for the season for the Tottenham Hotspur captain.
FW – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5M): Aubameyang netted twice as Arsenal got back to winning ways after a minor dip in recent weeks. Aubameyang is selected by 36.8% of Fantasy managers, perhaps due to his slightly lower price than Kane, but you can’t argue with his scoring record this year for the Gunners where he has found the net 12 times in the league so far, with four assists.
How did your Fantasy Premier League team fare this gameweek? My team had a rough time at the back, and few points earned in the midfield. However, Harry Kane as captain and Aubameyang netting twice helped take my team to a total of 60 points.